At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top British Columbia based Partner operating in the SaaS space. If you think a Partner is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Venture Partner of Acton Capital
Hannes Blum is Venture Partner North America for Munich-based VC investor Acton Capital. Hannes holds a Masters degree in Business and Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and a PhD in business from the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in Germany. Hannes started his career with the Boston Consulting Group in strategy consulting. He then co-founded JustBooks in 1999 and became President and CEO at AbeBooks Inc – the world’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books and a top 100 Internet Retailer – following the acquisition of JustBooks by AbeBooks in October 2001. During his tenure at AbeBooks, three companies have been acquired under his leadership. Hannes has won various industry awards, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Consumer Category in the Pacific Region. He’s an active Angel Investor in several tech-enabled business models (including Victoria, BC-based CERTN and Indochino Inc.) and serves on several Boards of Directors in Canada and the US.
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About Acton Capital, Creative Destruction Lab (CDL): Acton Capital is a leading growth venture capital investor in tech-enabled business models, headquartered in Munich, Germany.
Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital
Moe Kermani is a former Vice President of NetApp Inc. (NTAP:NASDAQ), a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Prior to that, Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large scale digital archives and storage clouds. Bycast was acquired by NetApp in the spring of 2010. Moe has extensive experience working with entrepreneurial companies and taking to market leading-edge technology solutions. He currently serves on the board of directors of Acetech. Moe holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia. He is a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award and was named the BC Technology Industry Association’s Person of the Year for 2011.
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About Vanedge Capital: Vanedge Capital focuses on gaming, digital media, and SaaS solutions for small and medium business, enterprise software, and cyber security.
Creative Strategy and Partnerships of iQmetrix
Anne Forkutza started her career in customer experience and digital strategy at the age of 18. Over the years she has utilized her skills to help deliver award-winning campaigns for big brands such as Electronic Arts, Nike, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Loblaws, and Starbucks. She also has years of experience combining business strategy with innovative product design while in various leadership positions at iQmetrix, a leading retail solutions company. Anne is the Head of Customer Experience & Strategy at Cova—a leading cannabis software company—where she leads the creative vision and branding, builds strategic partnerships and continuously strives to elevate the cannabis retail experience while moving this industry forward in a positive direction. She holds a Degree in Computer Sciences from Simon Fraser University and is also a regular mentor at Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design program.
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About iQmetrix: iQmetrix is an IT and service company that provides retail solutions.
Founder & Partner of Data Insight
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About Data Insight: Predictive Analytics prescription report for small and medium businesses.
Partner of Keboola
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About Keboola: Keboola is a cloud platform helping clients combine, enhance & publish crucial information for internal analytics & data products.
CEO / Partner of InsureCert
Craig Arnatt is CEO and founder of InsureCert, the marquee shopping cart & policy issuance system of the insurance industry. As a programmer, Craig has worked on the core team developing the API framework for InsureCert’s blockchain enabled policy underwriting engine.
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About InsureCert: Super easy cloud-based sales software that brings true customer convenience, ease of use, converting more sales and driving online growth.